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Old 08-25-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Im brewing a canadian blonde. It started at a 1.042 5 days ago, and the past 2 days its been 1.012. I think thats only about 4%abv. Is it ok to rack into 2ndary carboy, or do i need to do something to get the alcohol up around 5%?
This was a extract, i added 1lbs of light malt and 1lbs of honey.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my first homebrew. I also have more questions for later if this pans out,lol... skip in ar.
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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At 1.042 OG, you'd need to get to 1.004 FG for 5% ABV. Not gonna happen with an extract beer (most likely), and you probably wouldn't like it if it did.

1.012 is getting close to 75% attenuation, and if its not moving it's probably done.

If you want more ABV next time, boost the OG. As a rough rule of thumb,
(points of OG)/10 = ABV, assuming 75% attenuation.

So if you start at 1.050, ABV would be close to 5.0 (50/10)
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:45 PM   #3
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4% is fairly normal. Take another hydrometer reading, if it stays the same 1.012 you can rack to your secondary.

Some beers just don't have THAT high of a starting gravity. The honey brown ale i am currently doing is about the same.

If you use Austin Home Brew for supplies, you can get their 1% alcohol booster which does't change the taste or color. You can always a more DME but that WILL.

Also, just look for kits that are suppose to have a higher starting gravity in the future, since you have 2 stage fermentation capabilities, this shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:03 PM   #4
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your alcohol level isn't your determining factor of 'is it done?'...the hydrometer reading IS.
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Thank you guys for all your help. Looks to me like i'm about ready for the secondary. These questions may sound a bit simple, but your trial and errors are priceless. Thanks again for your time and help. Skip in AR...
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